Matrix Revolutions Rounds Up Top Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS topped the North American box office for the weekend ended Nov. 9, 2003, taking in $48.5 M, but fell 47% short of its predecessor, THE MATRIX RELOADED. However, REVOLUTIONS (with vfx by ESC FX, Animal Logic, BuF Compagnie, Giant Killer Robots, Tippett Studio and Tweak Films) in its revolutionary worldwide release broke the five-day overseas record with a yield of $201M. The third installment had stiff competition from New Line Cinemas ELF (vfx from Amalgamated Pixels and Rhythm & Hues), which collected $31.1M for second place. Disney's BROTHER BEAR, moved up to third place in its second week of wide release, gathering $18.5M for a total take of $44M. Dimension's SCARY MOVIE 3 dropped to fourth place with $10.8 M for a $93M cume. Sony's heart-warming RADIO finished in fifth place with $7.2M and a total to date of $36.1M. Universals LOVE ACTUALLY (Framestore contributed vfx) debuted in sixth place with $6.9M. Falling to seventh place was New Line's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake, scaring up another $5M for a cume of $73.4M. Clint Eastwood's MYSTIC RIVER finished eighth with $4.8M. The Warner Bros. Oscar-contender now has $40.4M to its credit. Fox's RUNAWAY JURY is hanging in the race at $4.7M, good enough for a tepid $40M. Paramount's SCHOOL OF ROCK came in 10th with $3M and a tally of $73.5M. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.